(Anderson, SC.) Shaine David Fischer pled guilty to two counts of Accessory after the fact to murder for his involvement in the deaths of Tony McGinnis and Andrea Kelley Mitchell today.  Judge Letitia Verdin sentenced Fischer to a total of 30 years, 15 years on each count to be served consecutively.  


The bodies of the victims were discovered in November of 2012, dismembered in barrels found in Lake Hartwell by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.  Tips in a missing persons report filed in the disappearance of Tony McGinnis eventually led to the bodies being recovered.




(Anderson, SC). Thirty-nine year old Chad E. Cooper pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to failure to register as a sex offender, 3rd offense. The Honorable Thomas Hughston, Jr. sentenced Cooper to 5 years suspended to 3 years in prison with 2 years’ probation to follow.


Cooper was placed on the sex offender registry following a kidnapping conviction in 2000. “In order to keep the community informed and as safe as possible, it is critical that sex offenders who have been released from prison register,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “When a sex offender refuses to follow this law we will prosecute.”



(Anderson, SC). Jared Michael Williams pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to 3 counts of murder, 4 counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, grand larceny, carjacking and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The Honorable Letitia Verdin sentenced Williams to 3 consecutive life terms. 


On March 5, 2014, Williams shot and killed Victor Vandergrift, Hank Eaton and Wanda Anderson while at the home of one of the victims in Pelzer. The defendant fled the scene in a truck belonging to Ms. Anderson. Officers from Anderson County pursued Williams in a high-speed chase which crossed over into Greenville County. Greenville County officers joined in the pursuit. The defendant fired shots at the officers and then abandoned the stolen truck. As he ran from the abandoned truck, Williams approached a woman and her child and demanded the keys. The mother immediately threw herself over her child. The defendant then ran onto a construction site where he stole another truck and fled as officers once again pursued him. During the pursuit, Williams sideswiped another car and then crashed the truck into a house, knocking it off the foundation.  He was then taken into custody.  


“Our hearts go out to the family members who lost loved ones as well as those who survived this horrible ordeal,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “These crimes most certainly would qualify for the death penalty which is a very long and arduous process. Although their lives have been irreparably damaged by the acts of Jared Williams, the survivors will be able to begin the healing process by the acceptance of the imposition of 3 life sentences.”





November 7, 2014



(Walhalla, SC.) On October 23, 2014, Caleb Nathanael Linart was charged with the murder of Alana Carpenter. The initial autopsy showed evidence of strangulation which led to the arrest of Linart for the murder.  However, based on recent toxicology results, the final cause of death has been ruled a drug overdose.  


Based on these results, the murder charge has been dismissed and Mr. Linart has now been charged with attempted murder.  As this investigation is still ongoing, no further information is available at this time.